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To participate in the TRIO Talent Search Program students must:

  • Be enrolled at either Oceanside High School or El Camino High School
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be first-generation college bound (natural and/or adoptive parent student resides with has not completed a baccalaureate degree) and/or
  • Meet the following family income levels determined by the U.S. Department of Education
Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels
(Effective January 19, 2023 until further notice)
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $21,870
2 $29,580
3 $37,290
4 $45,000
5 $52,710
6 $60,420
7 $68,130
8 $75,840

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,710 (CA)

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Per federal guidelines two-thirds of participants selected must meet both income guidelines and first generation eligibility criteria.

TRIO Talent Search Program is made possible by a federal grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with California State University San Marcos, El Camino High School and Oceanside High School.